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Also Known As: Barbara Lillian Combes Died: October 16, 2010
Born: December 22, 1915 Cause of Death: polymyalgia
Birth Place: Los Angeles, California, USA Profession: actor, model

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One of television's most iconic moms, Barbara Billingsley was the effortlessly thoughtful and warm-hearted June Cleaver on "Leave It To Beaver" (ABC/CBS, 1957-1963). A bit player and supporting actress in features prior to its debut, Billingsley became a welcome guest in households throughout the series' six-year run, as well as its subsequent reunion TV movie and "The New Leave It To Beaver" (Disney Channel/TBS, 1985-89). The show's ubiquity in syndication assured her lasting small-screen immortality, where her seemingly natural kindness and patience made her an ideal TV mom for generations of viewers.

One of television's most iconic moms, Barbara Billingsley was the effortlessly thoughtful and warm-hearted June Cleaver on "Leave It To Beaver" (ABC/CBS, 1957-1963). A bit player and supporting actress in features prior to its debut, Billingsley became a welcome guest in households throughout the series' six-year run, as well as its subsequent reunion TV movie and "The New Leave It To Beaver" (Disney Channel/TBS, 1985-89). The show's ubiquity in syndication assured her lasting small-screen immortality, where her seemingly natural kindness and patience made her an ideal TV mom for generations of viewers.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Secret Santa (2003) Miss Ruthie
2.
 Leave It to Beaver (1997) Aunt Martha
3.
 Wedding Day Blues (1988) Aunt Clair
4.
 Bay Coven (1987) Beatrice
5.
 Still the Beaver (1983) June Cleaver
6.
 Airplane! (1980) Jive Lady
7.
 The Careless Years (1957) Helen Meredith
8.
 The Bad and the Beautiful (1953) Evelyn, costumer
9.
 Invaders from Mars (1953) Dr. Kelston's secretary
10.
 The Lady Wants Mink (1953) Phyllis
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Made her debut in the short-lived Broadway play, "Straw Hat"
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Briefly worked as a $60¿a¿week fashion model
1945:
Returned to Los Angeles and acted in local plays before signing a contract with MGM Studios
1948:
First film roles included, "The Argyle Secrets" and "The Valiant Hombre"
1951:
Appeared in "Three Guys Named Mike" with Jane Wyman
1952:
Acted in "The Bad and the Beautiful" with Kirk Douglas
1953:
Early TV work on episode of "Schlitz Playhouse of the Stars" (CBS)
1955:
Had first regular series role on "Professional Father" (CBS)
1957:
First and only major role in a feature film, "The Careless Years"
1957:
Best¿known for her role as June Cleaver on the television series, "Leave It to Beaver" (CBS, 1957-58; ABC, 1958-63)
1971:
Appeared in two episodes of "The F.B.I." (ABC)
1980:
Spoofed her wholesome image with a memorable cameo in "Airplane!"
1983:
Returned as June Cleaver on "Still the Beaver," a CBS reunion special
1985:
Reprised role of June Cleaver on "The New Leave It to Beaver" (Disney, 1985¿86; TBS, 1986¿89)
1996:
Appeared in the big screen version of "Leave It to Beaver," playing the character of Aunt Martha
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Education

Washington Preparatory High School: Los Angeles , California - 1934

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husband:
William Mortensen. Physician. Died in 1981.

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